Ann Van Every Vintage Studio Art Pottery Bowl
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When studio potter Ann Van Every of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, moved to England and to Switzerland, she took two of her kilns with her. Having studied pottery making for well over 30 years, she has developed her own personal style. Instead of glazes, Ms. Van Every applies a liquid clay called terra sigillata, which means "sealed earth" in Italian, to her unfired hand thrown clay pieces and then burnishes them with a chamois leather. Her pieces are usually fired twice to bring out the earth tones. While many people see a Native American influence on her work, she calls them "Annie Ethnic," because they are her own one of a kind designs. Van Every is a member of the Piedmont Craftsmen in Winston-Salem, a guild that showcases the juried art of its members. We've included a photo of her with some of her pottery.
Much of the surface of this handsome bowl exhibits a soft sheen in shades of ocher and grey. Incised lines meet to form geometric shapes, meeting in the center circle that is swirled with grooves. Surrounding the circle are four panels of cream that have been buffed to a glossy surface. Van Every's finger marks are evident on both sides of the bowl. It measures 7 1/2 inches in diameter, stands 2 1/2 inches high and weighs a couple ounces over one pound. The undecorated but two-tone ocher underside is footed and has a dry bottom with the potter's hand incised signature "Van Every."
At the age of 70, Ann Van Every has become a part-time potter, making every piece she's created that much more treasured.